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Alaska State Representative Splits From GOP Caucus

A Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives announced today that she will be serving as an “independent Republican” with no ties to either the 21-member coalition House majority (made up of Democrats and Independents) or the 18-member House Republican minority.

Representative Sara Rasmussen of Anchorage will become a caucus of one, in what appears to be a largely procedural move to secure a seat on the House Finance Committee.… Read more ...

New Mexico Legislator Quits GOP, Becomes Independent

New Mexico state representative Phelps Anderson split with his own party in a vote last week on the repeal of a 1969 law that criminalized abortion.

The Republican sided with seven Democrats on the legislature’s House Health and Human Services Committee in casting his vote to repeal the long-dormant abortion ban. 

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Libertarians Get Involved in Texas’ Republican Primaries

Sheriff Richard Mack is the former Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and was a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona in 2006, recording almost 50,000 votes for 3.16%. Now, however, Mack is a Republican candidate in Texas’ 21st Congressional District, running to unseat incumbent Lamar Smith.

In the 14th District there is an open Republican primary to replace retiring incumbent Ron Paul.… Read more ...

Former Philadelphia Green loses special election for state representative, as a Republican

The former vice chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia, and their 2007 candidate for city commissioner, Lewis Harris recently lost a special election for state representative, getting six percent of the vote in a two way race.  He ran as a Republican.

From The Daily Times:

Harris is the current chairman of Wharton Centre Inc.

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Bill to adopt approval voting introduced in NH State House

From PileusBlog.com, H/T to Dale Sheldon-Hess (excerpt of the bill’s actual text below):

A bill to adopt approval voting has been filed in the N.H. House, and one of the co-sponsors is a member of the relevant committee. The bill would establish approval voting for all state offices and presidential primaries.

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Open letter from Hugh Giordano, Green, to labor: ‘What Labor MUST do to WIN!’

Hugh Giordano – 2010 Green candidate for state representative in Philadelphia who got 23 percent of the vote in the city, union organizer, and Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee member – is sending the following two-part open letter to every union in the city of Philadelphia:

… Supporting the Democrats and Republicans!
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Oregon Independent Party Legislative Nominee in November 2010 Set 80-Year Record

Ballot Access News:

On November 2, the Oregon Independent Party nominee for State Representative, 48th district, polled 42.71% of the vote in a two-person race against the incumbent Democrat. The Independent Party nominee was Jeff Caton, a professional financial planner. Although Oregon permits fusion, Caton was not the nominee of any party other than the Independent Party.… Read more ...

Vermont Progressive Party legislative assignments

From the Progressive Party’s blog:

The House and Senate convened and organized this week, and Progressives fared well in committee assignments.

The returning house members all remained on the same committees from last session.Sarah Edwards returns to Natural Resources and Energy, the House committee which deals with Vermont Yankee. 

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Philadelphia Weekly on Hugh Giordano: ‘It’s Easy Being Green (With Help of Labor Unions)’

From Philadelphia Weekly (read the whole thing here):

Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate.

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Hugh Giordano to Philadelphia union leaders: ‘It’s time to put an end to the two party system’

The following is an open letter written, sent to various Philadelphia unions and published by Hugh Giordano, a union organizer and Green candidate for state representative in Philadelphia who received over 18 percent of the vote in a 3-way race this year.  I, Ross Levin, worked on Giordano’s campaign as a volunteer and continue to volunteer for the Green Party of Philadelphia.… Read more ...

Sam Smith on CounterPunch analyzes Fred Horch’s near win in Maine state rep. race

From CounterPunch:

But in Maine, Greens actually matter and the Democrats take them quite seriously. In fact, a few years back when Green John Eder was elected to the legislature with 65% of the vote, the Democrats sought to correct that scary development by redistricting him. And Greens have popped up elsewhere such as on the charter commission and the council of the state’s large city, Portland.

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Vermont Progressive incumbent legislator prevails over Republican challenger by just four votes

From Vermont Public Radio (H/T to paulie):

A Progressive Party lawmaker will return to the Vermont House after a judge rejected a challenge to a recount that showed her winning.

A recount Friday confirmed earlier election results showing Rep. Susan Hatch Davis ahead of Republican challenger Rodney Graham, of Williamstown, by four votes.

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